MANILA – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has suspended the entire fleet of Antonina Line after one of its units figured in a fatal accident last Sunday.
LTFRB chairman Winston Ginez said Antonina Line's 19 bus units have been meted with a 30-day preventive suspension. The units will undergo inspection during the suspension period.
Last Sunday, an Antonina Line bus bound for Metro Manila collided with a Masbate-bound Elavil Tours bus along Maharlika Highway in Barangay Mambulo Nuevo, killing five people.
The casualties include bus drivers Christopher Maquiñana and Elbor Bon, bus conductor Orlando Oli, passenger Marvin Ablay, and another male passenger.
At least 46 were injured in the accident. Some of the victims were brought to Bicol Medical Center and Mother Seton Hospital in Naga City.
Ginez said Elavil Tours buses will not be suspended, as initial investigations revealed that the Antonina bus swerved to the opposite lane after the driver lost control of the vehicle.
Elavil officials, however, will still have to attend the LTFRB hearing on March 4.